Disability-Related Questions And Medical Exams, Part 2: EEOC Guidelines For Handling Common But Thorny Problems

The EEOC recently released a guidance explaining when it is and is not permissible to ask employees disability-related questions or to require them to take medical exams. In this final segment, we look at how the EEOC says you should handle a number of common but frequently thorny situations involving employee medical information. Documentation When […]

Disability-Related Questions And Medical Exams, Part 1: EEOC Releases Guidance On When You Can Get Health Information From Employees

Five years ago, the EEOC issued rules explaining which medical exams you could require and what health questions you could ask job applicants without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, newly released guidance from the EEOC helps clear up some of the uncertainty employers face when these types of issues come up […]

News Note: Retaliation, Sexual Harassment Claims Rise

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that the number of cases involving sexual harassment and retaliation is increasing. Retaliationclaims, the fastest-growing type of complaint filed with the EEOC, have gone up more than 77% between 1992 and 1999. A total of 11,096 retaliation charges were filed in 1992, but by 1999, the number had jumped […]

News Notes: EEOC Stepping Up Equal Pay Enforcement; New Focus On Temporary Staffing Industry

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has unveiled a new initiative to boost enforcement of the wage bias laws. The agency will create a new task force to help EEOC investigators analyze equal pay issues when employees file charges. The government is also providing additional educational resources through a new equal pay page on its […]

News Notes: EEOC Expands Anti-Discrimination Protection To Undocumented Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new enforcement guidelines stating for the first time that federal anti-discrimination laws protect undocumented workers. According to the EEOC, illegal immigrants who are subjected to workplace discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation can sue their employers and receive lost wages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. A court could also […]

Investigating Harassment Complaints: Sample Questions To Ask

The new EEOC guidelines on liability for harassment by supervisors emphasize the importance of thoroughly and impartially investigating harassment complaints. Your inquiry should include interviews of the victim, the alleged harasser and other witnesses who might have relevant information. The goal is to find out who was involved, what happened, and when, where and how […]

News Notes: EEOC And Labor Department Team Up their Enforcement Efforts

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor have announced plans to share information and resources in enforcing anti-discrimination laws. Among other things, staff in the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division will be trained to detect violations of equal pay laws and share their findings with the EEOC. The agencies tout the […]

Americans With Disabilities Act: EEOC Issues New Guidelines On When You Do—And Don’t—Have To Accommodate Disabled Employees

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released comprehensive guidelines designed to help its investigators analyze complaints-and help employers comply with their accommodation obligations-under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new enforcement guide attempts to answer frequently asked employer questions on a range of topics-from how to handle medical verification of a disability to when […]

Retaliation Claims: EEOC Issues New Guidelines Explaining Employee Rights And Your Obligations

It’s no surprise to many employers that discrimination claims have been on the rise over the past several years. But related lawsuits for retaliating against employees who lodge these complaints are also booming. From 1991 to 1997, the number of retaliation charges filed each year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission skyrocketed by almost 130%. […]